ABILENE, Texas -

You follow the Abilene Police Department on Twitter – and you’ll earn the chance for a “ride-along” with Police Chief Stan Standridge.

“Chief Standridge invites all Abilene residents, or individuals operating a business in Abilene, to consider following @abilenepd immediately,” an APD news release said Thursday.

“One lucky follower or representative (if the follower is a company) out of the next 1,500 followers, will have a chance to participate in a ride-along with Chief Standridge once the mark is reached.”

The winner will be selected randomly after meeting APD eligibility stands.

“Additionally, only new followers residing in, or operating a business in, Abilene city limits are eligible to win,” the release said. “The winner will be required to sign a liability waiver and agree to all rules related to participation in a ride-along.”

Here’s the APD news release in its entirety:

VIE FOR A RIDE WITH CHIEF STAN STANDRIDGE

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department (APD) is embarking on a contest to help raise awareness about its Twitter footprint. The desire is to draw Twitter followers to @abilenepd. After all, tweets from @abilenepd provide an immediate and direct source of community awareness information. That information can be routine or vital public safety information, especially during emergencies. Tweets from @abilenepd often include breaking news or awareness information about major crimes, officers at the scene of standoffs, fatalities, traffic alerts, news releases or other happenings that may warrant community engagement.

To incentivize this contest, Chief of Police Stan Standridge will provide a lucky contest participant a ride-along with him if they are selected the winner. Here are some specifics: Chief Standridge invites all Abilene residents, or individuals operating a business in Abilene, to consider following @abilenepd immediately. One lucky follower or representative (if the follower is a company) out of the next 1,500 followers, will have a chance to participate in a ride-along with Chief Standridge once the mark is reached. A lucky winner will be selected at random and must meet Department eligibility standards. Additionally, only new followers residing in, or operating a business in, Abilene city limits are eligible to win. The winner will be required to sign a liability waiver and agree to all rules related to participation in a ride-along.

Chief Standridge desires that our community stay engaged with their Department by following @abilenepd for the latest tweets regarding important or timely public safety information. Whether you know a little or a lot about police operations, the lucky winner will be provided some valuable insight on how their Department works to protect and serve the citizens of Abilene.

So, what are you waiting for? Start following APD via Twitter at @abilenepd and maybe you will be that lucky winner.